The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Wednesday, 7 December, was Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Tourism and Fisheries Management. Presentations and discussions focused on showcasing solutions from islands and from other States, as tourism destinations and “biodiversity hotspots.” In the afternoon participants focused on integrating sustainable fisheries management into wider sustainable development frameworks including tourism.
The event was organized by the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA), the CBD Secretariat and the Government of Mexico.
In the morning session participants considered ways to mainstream biodiversity into tourism development, tourism and biodiversity “Bright Spots,” with a discussion panel looking at progress and experiences from Mexico, Costa Rica and the British Virgin Islands. The use of IUCN’s Green List Standard for Protected Areas was also discussed. A subsequent panel considered different approaches to tourism and financing, including national conservation fund partnerships, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund and other initiatives involving the private sector and NGOs.
After lunch the focus turned to the interaction between tourism and fisheries. The first panel discussed national approaches to sustainable tourism and fisheries, with presentations on initiatives from the Seychelles, Mexico’s islands, Belize and Indonesia, focusing on community participation and community right-based approaches. A second panel looked at regional and global approaches, including perspectives on tourism and fisheries in the context of sub-regional biodiversity strategies, the experience in the Caribbean Community states, and gender perspectives.
The day ended with an informal discussion session where participants shared ideas and experiences on the day’s topics.
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Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
Oliver Hillel, CBD Secretariat
Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier, British Virgin Islands
Alberto Pacheco Capella, UN Environment (UNEP)
Participants during the session
Session 1: Tourism
Discussion Panel 1: Tourism and Biodiversity Bright Spots
Panelists during the session
Trevor Sandwith, IUCN
Teresa Solis, Ministry of Tourism, Mexico
Eric Coppenger, African Wildlife Foundation
Audience members pose questions to the panel
Discussion Panel 2: Tourism and Financing
Panelists during the session
Geoffrey Bolan, CEO, Sustainable Travel International
Mae Adams, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Matt Jeffery, National Audubon Society
Yabanex Batista, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund
Robbie Bovino, TNC
Session 2: Tourism and Fisheries
Discussion Panel 1: Tourism and Fisheries - National Approaches
View of the panel during the session
Alain de Comarmond, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles
Spencer Thomas, Ambassador for Multilateral Environment Agreements, Grenada
Leonel Requena, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Handoko Adi Susanto, Rare
Federico Méndez Sánchez, Island Ecology and Conservation Group (GECI)
Discussion Panel 2: Tourism and Fisheries - Regional and Global Approaches
Panel speakers during the session
Jamison Ervin, UNDP
Afrina Choudhury, WorldFish
Therese Yarde, Caribbean Community (CARICOM)